P. Kim is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as co-director of the United Methodist Mission Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan with her husband, the Rev. E. Kim. The assignment began in the fall of 2011.
The Mission Center in Almaty plays a pivotal role in the Central Asia Mission Initiative, which is linked to the Eurasia Area of the denomination. The initiative began in 2003 and by 2011 had 19 congregations or Bible groups in four of the five Central Asia republics, once part of the Soviet Union. The Mission Center in Almaty was opened in 2006 through a generous contribution from the First Korean United Methodist Church in Flushing, Queens, in New York City. It houses space for Bible study classes, clergy education, church and district offices, and as the Central Asia site of the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary.
P. Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, but immigrated to the United States as an infant and is a US citizen. She grew up on the north side of Chicago, and now makes her home in New York City, where she is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Flushing, a part of the New York Annual Conference. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology and society, with an emphasis on environment issues, from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, studied history at American University, Washington, DC, and took courses at Wesley Theological Seminary. She speaks English, Korean, and basic Russian.
She has experience and skills in Christian education, youth ministry, administration, teaching, and music. She was professionally engaged in youth work from 2006 to 2010 as program director for the United Methodist Korean American Youth Initiative, and earlier served as a private tutor and a youth pastor.
"My great-grandmother was the first Christian in my family," she says. "She became a Christian when she met an American Methodist missionary. Subsequently, my grandfather and father both became Methodist pastors. My family first became Christian because of the faithful service of missionaries; I would also like to serve the Christian church by becoming the first missionary in my family."
P. Kim underwent a long time of prayer around the question of whether she should become a missionary. "Through prayer, God has confirmed this. Since I decided to accept this calling, I have been filled with peace. I also sought the counsel of family, friends, and my Christian peers. Everyone has affirmed our decision."
P. and E. Kim were married in 1999 and have one daughter, Y. Kim, born in 2005, and one son, E. Kim, born in 2011.
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